Directed by: Pierre Gill
Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Julian Richings, Albert Chung
Running time: 92 minutes
Distributor: The Movie Network
Original release: June 26, 2004
Film Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars
When you are binging on gambling related movies recently, I came across a film 2004 Canadian television film called “The Last Casino”, which focuses on card counting. Like the 2008 film “21”, this movie focuses on the ideas from “Bringing Down the House”, the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich. The film stars Charles Martin Smith, best known for his roles in American Graffiti (1973), Starman (1984) and The Untouchables (1987) and Katharine Isabelle, best knows for her roles as Ginger Fitzgerald in the werewolf horror films Ginger Snaps franchise. Great talent for sure though the film suffers on a TV budget.
Official Premise: A University teacher finds three bright students and decides to teach them how to count cards to make lots of money. As they learn how to play the casinos, things get tricky when the debt owing teacher informs them that their front man wants restitution for loses in about a weeks time. The three students decide to hit all the major casinos in Ontario and Quebec until discovered.
If you are like me and on your phone researching a movie and its details during watching you might want to check out this interview with Semyon Dukach, who was the ring leader of the MIT card counting team which this film is based on. Definitely an interesting read. So I am glad I came across this movie, this is not something that would have been widely available in my area. It’s not perfect but when you are in the mood for some sneaky card counting it will do the trick!